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Professor Sylvester Chima, Associate Professor and Head of the Programme of Bio and Research Ethics and Medical Law,  University of KwaZulu-Natal

Medical malpractice litigation undermining SA’s health system

In what South African Health Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, has described as an ‘explosion’, medical malpractice litigation claims in the country have increased dramatically over the past few years, with warnings that the compassion-based practice of medicine is being replaced by defensive medicine and mistrust. (more…)

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Minister Motsoaledi endorses medical schemes regulator’s new plan for the NHI

Statement issued by the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS). It is all systems go for the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) following the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi’s endorsement of the regulator’s new plan for operation in the National Health Insurance (NHI) environment. Addressing the CMS staff, Minister Motsoaledi applauded the regulator for the proactive […]

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Alexander Forbes partners with black-owned healthcare consultancy firm

Alexander Forbes has partnered with a 100% black-owned healthcare consultancy firm to provide sub-contracting consulting work with an initial value of R12-million. (more…)

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Hat trick for Bonitas Medical Fund

  Bonitas Medical Fund was recently awarded the Ask Afrika Orange Index for service excellence. This makes it a hat trick for the Fund this year, having earlier received both the Kasi Star Brand Award and the ICON Brands Survey award – both for the medical aid category. (more…)

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How to stay financially fit in a health crisis

Each year, 100 000 South Africans are diagnosed with cancer and, thanks to the focused awareness campaigns that feature on the calendar each year, we’re better informed about the many (over 200) types that exist, as well as their symptoms and treatment.  However, what’s less well understood, says Hollard Life Head of product and Technical, […]

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Fighting fraud in the healthcare industry

Fraud, waste and abuse are some of the biggest contributors to escalating healthcare costs in South Africa. Curbing their impact remains a top priority for Bonitas Medical Fund, says its Principal Officer, Gerhard Van Emmenis. An advanced analytical software system, introduced by the Scheme in 2016, is already helping enhance the detection and prevention of […]

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South Africa’s healthiest city revealed

Cape Town has the highest number of people who are a healthy weight, plus they purchase the most vegetables and fruit, when compared with South Africa’s other major cities. (more…)

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Addressing mental illness in the workplace

Employers tend to find it easier to manage their employees’ physical disabilities than their mental health challenges. Not only are mental health issues harder to recognise, but they are also less well understood and continue to carry a stigma. It is critical for this stigma to be removed so that the varying causes, symptoms and […]

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